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TOP POT HAND-FORGED DOUGHNUTS COMING TO POST ALLEY!

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Anyone commuting by ferry, working in the Financial District or Pioneer Square is going to love this! Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts will be opening early spring of 2014 on the second level of The Post, a new luxury apartment building located across Post Alley from The Colman Building.  The store will open onto the pedestrian overpass, linking the ferry terminal to First Avenue. The new store doughnut mecca will also be accessible from Western Avenue, Post Alley or Marion Street.

What started as a little storefront dispenser of sweet, round goodness on Seattle’s Capitol Hill has grown to 14 outlets with more on the way, including a planned store in Dallas, Texas.

The Post location will carry 38 varieties of doughnuts, pastries, sandwiches, ice cream, and, of course, coffee.  Patrons will enjoy the addition of a pour-over coffee bar featuring single-origin coffees.

http://www.toppotdoughnuts.com

TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS

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April 1 – 30

A favorite springtime getaway for folks around Puget Sound is the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This year the festivities will take place April 1-30. At this time of year the fertile Skagit Valley bursts to life in a rainbow of vivid colors as millions of tulips come into bloom.

This is a self-guided driving tour, so you can enjoy the sights at your leisure while touring hundreds of acres of blooms.  This is also the perfect bike outing, as the tulip area is flat as pancake and laced with smooth asphalt roads.  An interactive Festival Map with GPS coordinates is available at http://www.tulipfestival.org/map/interactive. The festival’s Facebook page is also a great source of updates.

All month long events—from gallery shows, to concerts to volkswalks and fun runs—are planned to create opportunities for more people to enjoy the blooms.

The nearby city of Mount Vernon joins in the fun with special events and well-known local bistros and shops welcoming tulip fans.  Last year, the festival was enjoyed by visitors from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. 
This year consider adding your crowd to the list.

http://www.tulipfestival.org/site

HAVE YOU TRIED RAPID RIDE?

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Many years ago, traffic planners around the country talked a lot about “rubber tired rapid transit.” The idea was to use transit buses on dedicated routes with regular schedules, just like a commuter train or streetcar.  Now some three decades later, Seattle is enjoying its own iteration of this idea, known as “Rapid Ride.” Rapid Ride now has four major routes, taking travelers north, south, east and west on high traffic routes. The buses come at regular intervals, so you never have an unpredictable wait, and the stops are strategically placed to pick up a maximum number of riders with a minimum number of stops.

On my first ride, I enjoyed the speed and convenience of getting from the far reaches of West Seattle to the heart of downtown Seattle in mere minutes and in reasonable comfort.  Most of the Rapid Ride stops are well marked, have their own weather covers, and are served with readers that show the arrival time of the next bus.  On my second trip, I zipped in from Ballard after a long walk through town. Again, quick and reliable. My next adventure will be from downtown to Bellevue.  For anyone working in the downtown core, the new Rapid Ride service adds commuting convenience at a far lower cost than a personal vehicle.

Check out the routes and features at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/travel-options/bus/rapidride/